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scschool flores swearing inPhoto: Swearing in of Eddie Flores to fill Silver School Board vacancy by Magistrate Judge Maurine Laney.

Photo below: Full board, after Eddie Flores joins it. From left are President Mike McMillan, Vice President and Secretary Ashley Montenegro, Patrick Cohn, Dr. MIchelle Diaz and Flores.

Photos and article by Hallie Richwine

The Silver Consolidated Schools Regular Board Meeting took place Tuesday, December 19, 2017, in the Silver Schools Administration Building. All members of the Board of Education as well as Superintendent Audie Brown attended.

Katrina Bustillos of the Silver Schools Education Association wished the board happy holidays and expressed her wishes to meet with Brown after the break on the planned professional development for educators. Bustillos wants to set up future goals to help the district continue to improve.

Burglaries

Location: Silver City, New Mexico

Officers of the Silver City Police Department responded to two residential burglaries in the last 24 hours.

The first burglary was reported at 11:58 am, on December 20, 2017, in the 500 block of 33rd Street. According to the preliminary information, the burglary happened within a one-hour period prior to the reporting. The suspect(s) entered the residence and stole the victim's Christmas presents.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission held its monthly work session Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, to review the agenda for Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 regular meeting.

The first major item of business at the work session was a presentation of the expenditure report, given by Randy Hernandez, standing in for Financial Officer Linda Vasquez.

Roadway now clear

ROAD ADVISORY:
LANE CLOSURE – LAS CRUCES AREA
I-10 eastbound at mile post 29 the driving right lane is closed due to gravel dumped on roadway. Emergency vehicles on scene, motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and watch for personnel, use extreme caution. Please expect delays

The Hurley Pride Committee is pleased to announce the 11th annual decorating contest judges were Dave and Linda Marquez-Tollefson and their grand-daughter, Ryan. “This was harder than I thought it was going to be,” said Linda. Luckily for Dave and Linda, little Ryan was there to break a tie.

First place winners and the award of $100 was presented to the Muñiz Family at 403 D Street, where The Grinch keeps watch over all the other characters frolicking in the yard. Second place and $75 were awarded to the Martinez Family at 217 Nevada; Nativity scenes and reindeer bring an old fashioned and warm feel to the home, which our judges thoroughly enjoyed. Third place and $50 was won by the Encinas Family at 609 E. Street where Santa watches over all. The Wofford’s at 11 Patty Street earned Best Fence of the year and $25. Honorable Mentions are located at: 13 Santa Rita Ave., 104 B Street and 43 Lea Drive. The Street that showed the most spirit and decorations was D Street and will be awarded a sign that can be proudly displayed at the top of the street for all to see and share.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees held its monthly meeting on Dec. 15, 2017 at noon in the hospital conference room.

Each month, someone brings a safety moment to the table. Chief Nursing Officer Peggy White said the hospital is looking at safety and security in the emergency room.

Chairman Jeremiah Garcia recognized that County Commission Chairman Brett Kasten was in attendance and would stay for the executive session to bring some information on a project.

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

The Wreaths Across America ceremony at Fort Bayard National Cemetery began at 10 a.m. on a sunny, if a bit chilly, day. The welcome was given by Marine Charlie LeBlanc, who also served as the master of ceremonies.

The colors were posted by a combined group of veterans from the Gaffney-Oglesby Marine Corps League Detachment 1328 and the Allingham-Golding American Legion Post 18.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Silver City Museum held its annual Victorian Christmas celebration on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Music filled the air, crafts were available for kids, refreshments sated hunger and thirst and Father Christmas handed out books to children. Museum volunteers dressed in Victorian-style clothing to fit the theme.

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The Grant county Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.

The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.

The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

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